Optimism from MCC, USAID, & State on Evaluation & Learning


In a time of uncertain budgets, redesign, and shifting leadership, the foreign assistance and evaluation communities have some positive developments to embrace. The new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of foreign assistance show the Administration clearly understands and supports the value of M&E. The leading foreign assistance agencies … Continue reading Optimism from MCC, USAID, & State on Evaluation & Learning

MFAN Community Rejects President’s Proposed FY19 Budget Cuts for State Department and USAID


On February 12th, the Trump Administration released the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request recycling much of last year’s drastic and disproportionate cuts to the State Department and USAID. The proposed cuts of 30% threaten U.S. national security, weaken our global standing, and reverse bipartisan progress that has reformed our development policies and modernized our … Continue reading MFAN Community Rejects President’s Proposed FY19 Budget Cuts for State Department and USAID

Community Rallies Behind MFAN Effectiveness Principles


Since the Trump Administration announced its intentions to reorganize the federal government – including the State Department and USAID – MFAN has garnered broad support from the development community to ensure that the redesign effort enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of U.S. foreign assistance. In May, MFAN put forth five Guiding Principles for Effective U.S. … Continue reading Community Rallies Behind MFAN Effectiveness Principles

MFAN Evaluation Finds Focused, Effective Coalition Shaping Foreign Assistance Policy


MFAN’s advocacy efforts over the past eight years have helped mainstream reform principles in the foreign assistance policy debate.  This was the major finding from a recently completed evaluation of MFAN commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  The assessment, conducted by BLE Solutions, examined MFAN’s results, adaptability, effectiveness as a coalition, and member … Continue reading MFAN Evaluation Finds Focused, Effective Coalition Shaping Foreign Assistance Policy

Redesign Reactions: What’s Next for the State Department and USAID?


Since the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo on government reorganization in April, MFAN has helped foster a public conversation about how a redesign can and should enhance the effectiveness, accountability, and impact of our foreign assistance. MFAN recently re-released Guiding Principles for Effective U.S. Assistance, which assert that any … Continue reading Redesign Reactions: What’s Next for the State Department and USAID?

Recent Redesign Proposals Converge on 10 Priorities for Reform


Recently a number of distinguished thinkers – including MFAN’s Co-Chairs – have published recommendations for upgrading the U.S. diplomacy and development architecture. To inform the administration and Congress as they consider redesign options, below is an analysis of these proposals that identifies ten common priorities for reform. Taken together, these ten recommendations would strengthen the … Continue reading Recent Redesign Proposals Converge on 10 Priorities for Reform

Redesign Reaction: Getting to the nitty gritty to make the most of foreign aid


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction Based on several decades of work in the foreign assistance field, I have a lot of unanswered questions, but one thing I know for certain:  foreign aid types – proponents and opponents – just … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Getting to the nitty gritty to make the most of foreign aid

Redesign Data: Dueling Dashboards


The potential redesign of both the State Department and USAID – and their relationship to each other in managing U.S. foreign assistance – is the topic of much discussion and ideas.  How our foreign assistance is delivered, by whom, and with what objective is all part of debate.  Some of the ideas are big, such … Continue reading Redesign Data: Dueling Dashboards

Redesign Consensus: Development Community Defends Independent Lead Aid Agency


The Trump Administration’s call for a reorganization of the federal government has many fearful that this exercise will follow in the footsteps of the steep proposed budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2018. Yet MFAN has seen this as an opportunity to provide ideas for principled and rational reform of our aid architecture.  A number of … Continue reading Redesign Consensus: Development Community Defends Independent Lead Aid Agency

Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction On July 10th, the co-chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) published a proposal for structural aid reforms, A Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose. These thoughtful and ambitious recommendations show a concrete path … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development